The broom is a blunt instrument.  It doesn’t differentiate.  The broom takes odd turns…as we saw just one week ago when the Nationals followed up getting swept at home by Philadelphia before sweeping the Cardinals in St. Louis.  The dustpan turned its way towards the Nats this past weekend…as they finished their 10-game road trip with the thud of a four game slide at Wrigley Field.  After being alternately shut down and outscored, the club crawls home with the knowledge that at least they went 5-5 on this gauntlet.  And they have Ben Revere back in centerfield leading off.

Dissecting the Division- one byproduct of the sweep was the tightening of the NL East.  The NY Mets won two straight to close the weekend and now lead the Nats by one half game.  Nipping at the Nationals heels…surging Philadelphia and Miami.  The NL East is now the only division with four teams over .500…with Atlanta playing the NFC East role of the Phoenix Cardinals.

Last Week’s Heroes- Daniel Murphy hit .483 while scoring 8 runs and driving in 5.  He almost hit for the cycle in Kansas City.  Bryce Harper was walked 13 times (6 times Sunday) and still added to his home run total despite not seeing many pitches in the same zip code as the plate.  Tanner Roark didn’t post a win, but allowed just 3 earned runs over 13.1 innings while striking out 11 and walking 4.  Yusmerio Petit led the bullpen with 5.2 innings…and did not allow a run.

Last Week’s Humbled- Max Scherzer after posting his best outing of the season allowed 4 homers and 7 runs at Wrigley Field Friday.  Jayson Werth and Michael A. Taylor both hit under .200 again last week…while Ryan Zimmerman stranded 14 runners Sunday in Chicago.

Game to Watch- Wednesday they’re giving away a Bryce Harper bobblehead.  The Nats are also hosting Detroit and former teammate Jordan Zimmermann, who’s off to a 5-1 start with an ERA of 1.10.  If Max Scherzer continues his off again, on again performance rotation he’ll be in top form against his former club.

Game to Miss- Saturday the Nats play a day-night doubleheader with Miami.  While I’ll be focused on how Tanner Roark pitches in the matinee…I won’t be checked in for the nightcap that reportedly will feature fresh-from-the-minors A.J. Cole.  A Washington Saturday in May?  There are weddings to crash with my pal Chaz…

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